• Always On

  • Plex Player/Server

    • Play local content at 1080p w/ 5.1
    • Play WAN streams.
    • Transcode, WAN 1080p/720p x2 Streams (2.5-12Mbts)
  • Home Router, Wireless

  • Personal Web Server

  • Storage/Backup Server

Future Usage

  • Steam Stream box, OR drop a Graphics Card into it and play with Steam on Linux.


  • Linux Mint 17.1: Cinnamon
  • Kernel: 3.16.0-31-generic


I had some minor hiccups trying to use some older 2GB(x2) tri-channel DDR3 1600 RAM running at 1.65V, I couldn't get it to run stable under-clocking /volting. I was able to get it to run on one stick (1333@1.56v), but that just wasn't going to cut it. Part List reflects what I ended up with.

I was able to get a mediocre 3.8Ghz OC, with some fuss. I need to spend some more time in the future trying to figure out Gigabyte's system/settings. (I think I could of saved the $25, and gotten the H97 board, I'm not impressed with Gigabyte's BIOS functionality.) I also updated the kernel from the default branch, it seems to have made my OC stable, at first I couldn't get any OC to complete boot. Kernel still needs a lot of work in the Haswell department, to cover all the bells and whistles, but out of the box it is functional. Check out i7z to get a realistic view of clock speeds/settings in Linux on the later Intel Chipsets Ivy, Sandy, Haswell, and their i# CPUs.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the trans-coding on this?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

When you first started up your PC, did you update your bios?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I checked the BIOS version on boot up, it was the latest version.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm interested in doing something similar. How is plex with this build? Have you tried it with multiple devices? Here is my future build: